Golf play in the Loyola Golf Invite

By: Jacob Seus, 23 Sports

Tuesday, Feb. 24-

The Missouri Tigers men’s golf team got the 2015 campaign underway at the Loyola Golf Invite sponsored by the Neville Kovacs Group, in Goodyear, Ariz. Mizzou started their season with a sixth place finish at the tournament.

The event took place on Palm Valley golf Clubs par 72 course. Mizzou has made appearances at this event formerly known as the Snowman Getaway from 2010-2013, winning the tournament twice.

After day one, the Tigers saw themselves in second place after shooting 285 to put themselves three under par. The Tigers were led by Freshman Lugi Botta who was in a top spot on the leaderboard throughout Sunday’s round.

Botta shot a career best five under par and saw himself tied atop of leaderboard going after round one. The next best Tigers were Ryan Zech and Euan Walker who were tied for ninth after that each had great day at one under par.

The second round teed off nice and early in Arizona, 9:20 a.m. The Tigers for the second straight day posted solid numbers as they were able to stick with Gonzaga throughout the day keeping themselves tied going into the final round putting Mizzou in a chance to win their spring opener.

Zech had an even better second round and Botta falling from the top the two will go into the final day of the tournament tied for 11th. Botta is looking for the first top ten finish of his young career. Walker fell to six over par but those scores from Mizzou were good enough to put them in great position come Tuesday.

The final round was not as kind to the Tigers as the first had shown to be. Mizzou would end Sunday’s play with a score of 16 over pass giving them an 880 for the three-day tournament. Zech, Botta, Hayden Buckley, and Jacob Fair would all meet up at days end as they all finished tournament play tied for 22nd with scores of five over par. Buckley would shoot Tuesday’s team low shooting two under par.

A sixth place finish would not be enough to satisfy the Tigers who saw themselves in first and second for a majority of the event. The Tigers will look to improve and have a better finish when they head Bandon Dunes Championship in Bandon, Oregon, March 13-15.